Mother Who Prompted School Lockdown Committed to Hospital Due to Mental Illness History: State Police

The mother arrested after causing the lockdown at Emmett O'Brien Technical High School in Ansonia Monday has been involuntarily committed to Bridgeport Hospital because of her history of mental illness, according to state police.

Leslie Teixeira, 39, called the school twice Monday, "crying hysterically" and "very upset," to say she was scared of her son and that he was mean to her, according to state police. Teixeira compared her son to the 1999 Columbine High School shooters, state police said.

"He is like the kid that killed the babies of Columbine and he is an angry child," Leslie Teixeira, 39, told school officials, according to state police.

She told the school principal that her son calls her names and hates her and that she drives by the house he stays at to peer in at him through the window, state police said.

Teixeira's comments prompted the lock down and her son was escorted to the principal's office to be interviewed and searched for weapons.

Officials found no evidence of weapons and determined her son had no available way to obtain them. Police also didn't find weapons at Teixeira's home or on her.

Teixeira was arrested on charges of breach of peace and released on a $2,500 bond.

She was involuntarily committed to the Bridgeport Hospital due to her history of mental illness and putting the school on high alert.

It is not clear if she has an attorney. 

She is scheduled to appear in Derby Superior Court on Dec. 28.

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